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Temple of Poseidon, Sounio

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Study the ruins of Temple of Poseidon, where the ancient Greeks brought sacrifices to the powerful god of the sea, Neptune. The Doric columns still stand 60 m (200 ft) above the ocean, even in their ruined state. The artifacts harvested from the site, including the Kournos of Sounion, are on display at the Athens National Archeological Museum. Take a guided tour from the entrance or walk the grounds on your own along the trail that leads to the temple. The attraction is visible from all around the peninsula, but the view from the ruins is by far the highlight. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. A visit to Temple of Poseidon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sounio trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • We were in Athens for 5 days so this was on our list to visit. It was amazing watching the sunset from here, the only regret we had was not taking a bottle of champagne with us to drink while... 
    We were in Athens for 5 days so this was on our list to visit. It was amazing watching the sunset from here, the only regret we had was not taking a bottle of champagne with us to drink while...  more »
  • Stunning location. Out of season so felt as though we had the place almost to ourselves. The weather was incredible too. Can also recommend lunch by the water in the Taverna below....... 
    Stunning location. Out of season so felt as though we had the place almost to ourselves. The weather was incredible too. Can also recommend lunch by the water in the Taverna below.......  more »
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  • What a remarkable experience. If any other country had such a unique temple, the island would be a crowded tourism center. Thanks to Greece being bad in marketing, it is still a small peaceful island with only couple of places to have lunch and sit. If you’re sailing through, spending the night here would be amazing under the stars with the companionship of Poseidon!
  • The Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounio play notable parts in Greek mythology and history, but the best reason to visit is the lack of tourist crowds and the water views. The site is not as grand as those to be found in Athens, but it is a shorter ascent than the Acropolis. Those with ADA issues, please be aware that the ramp -- while able to handle a variety of wheelchairs and scooters -- stops approximately 150-200 feet from the ruins. There is an open air taverna nearby and two gift shops. Along the drive to the Temple are several public beaches.

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